Saturday, April 14, 2007

Yoo and Wu debate net neutrality at SSRN

William McGeveran has an interesting commentary on the ideological debate about network neutrality at his Info-Law blog, “Yoo & Wu Deabte Net Neutrality”. Christopher S. Yoo, at Vanderbilt University School of Law, focuses on a moderate concept of “network neutrality” but Tim Wu of Columbia University Law School focuses on a careful definition of the regulatory environment to keep a level playing field. The Harvard law blog is at this link.
The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has the full debate for download purchase here, Dec. 28, 2006. The general concern seems to be that a "market fundamentalist" approach, even if thoughtful, will leave many consumers lazy and disinclined to make the effort to shop for the best arrangements for them.

In the long run, it seems that the network neutrality debate could get connected to more recent concerns about the validity and notability of "amateur" content, as in the debates of wiki sites.